Having a gym bag that’s ready to grab and go means one less hurdle to keeping up a regular workout schedule.
But getting to the gym and realizing you don’t have what you need can be enough to make you skip the sweat and head home.
Whether you’re a first-time gym member or have been going weekly for years, here’s a list of gym bag essentials to keep your exercise mojo on track.
Workout clothes and shoes: Choose wisely
Select comfortable clothes that breathe and bend with you, as well as appropriate shoes and socks. The right gear can be the difference between a good workout and one you want to escape.
Water bottle: Make it reusable
It’s important to stay hydrated while working out, and having to run to the drinking fountain can break your rhythm.
Keep a reusable bottle in your bag that you can refill as needed. Not only is it more convenient, it’s better for the environment and it saves you money. It’s also easier to use with your favorite add-ins, like XS™ Intense Pre-Workout Boost or XS™ CocoWater for hydration.
Earbuds: Pack an extra pair
This workout essential lets you block out the world while you listen to your favorite playlist or podcast. Make sure there’s a safe place to keep them in your bag where they won’t tangle or break. You might consider keeping an inexpensive extra pair in there, too. Broken earbuds are sure to turn the tide on your workout.
Personal care items: Be hygiene-friendly
Toss in a toothbrush and toothpaste along with deodorant, like G&H PROTECT+™ Roll On, which lasts up to 48 hours. Some gyms already smell bad. For the sake of yourself and others, make sure you’re being hygiene-friendly.
Shower essentials: Choose multi-taskers
If you plan to shower at the gym, pack shampoo, conditioner and body wash. If space is tight, use travel sized items that can be refilled. If not, buy a set of your favorite products just for your gym bag. Make it easy by choosing ones that do double duty, such as Satinique™ 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner.
If your gym provides towels, great. If they don’t or they’re too skimpy, purchase some compact, lightweight ones that dry quickly, such as microfiber, and put them on a rotation from your bag to the wash. And don’t forget: Shower shoes are a must.
Hair care products: Don’t forget hair ties
A wide-toothed comb or wet brush and a hair dryer will do the job after a shower, along with a multitasking product like Satinique™ Hair Oil Serum. For the days when you are rushed, dry shampoo is a lifesaver. Long hair? Dedicate a special pocket just for hair ties.
Skincare items: Remove your makeup
If you want your skin to benefit from the exercise glow, begin with a clean face. Exercising while wearing makeup is bad for your skin. Look for skincare sets that can be easily packed. For example, essentials by Artistry™ 3-Step Bundle sets you up with a Gel Cleanser, Light Lotion and Makeup Removing Wipes. And keep an extra bag of your favorite moisturizer and makeup for after.
Snacks: Fuel, refuel
Do your body a favor and always plan for snacks. The last thing you want to do after a workout is steer your car into a fast food drive-thru lane. Having a little something tucked away will keep those after-workout hunger pangs at bay.
And depending on your schedule that day, you may need a snack before you work up a sweat. It can be a small baggie of nuts and dried fruit, or your favorite snack bar. Nutrilite™ Wellness Bars are a convenient, nutrient-filled snack, or XS™ Energy Bars help support sustained energy during your workout. Read Fueling up before and after your workout for more expert advice.
Clean street clothes
You never know when you will need to head out after a workout. So come prepared with an extra outfit including underwear, socks and other accessories in case plans change.
You worked really hard to pack the perfect gym back with all the essentials as well as some goodies. It would be a shame if it disappeared in the locker room—especially if you’re just getting out of the shower.
Protect it in the locker room with a combination lock so you don’t have to keep a key with you or worry about losing it.
Now you’re ready for your next great workout. Has it been a while since your last visit or are you a new to the world of gyms? Read 7 Tips for first-time gym members for some helpful advice.